WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) — President Donald Trump posted a video on Twitter Wednesday afternoon calling for an end to the riots happening on Capitol Hill.
Shortly after President-elect Joe Biden called on Trump to “step up,” the president posted a video to his personal Twitter account telling his supporters to "go home," while keeping up false claims about the election.
“I know your pain. I know you're hurt. We had election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side,” Trump said in the video. “But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don't want anybody hurt.”
The president stopped short of denouncing the violence despite at least one person being shot inside the Capitol building.
In fact, President Trump appeared to praise his supporters.
“This was a fraudulent election, but we can't play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace so, go home. We love you. You're very special,” he told his supporters.
He further defended his supporters Wednesday night, saying on Twitter that the riot on Capitol Hill was caused by "a sacred landslide election victory" being "unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots."
His latest tweet and the post containing his video message were deleted by Twitter late Wednesday.
Facebook also took down Trump's video, with Guy Rosen, the company’s vice president of Product Management, saying “it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence.”
The support came hours after pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol building after clashing with police officers. Some were seen on social media boasting about making their way into the Senate chamber and others took photos of themselves inside senators’ offices.
Both the Senate and the House had been debating the certification of President-elect Biden’s victory in the Electoral Collage when rioters stormed the building.
Shortly before President Trump’s message, Biden had called on Trump to publicly denounced the violence being committed in his name.
In an address from Wilmington, Delaware, Biden himself denounced the violence saying the “scenes of chaos in the Capitol do not reflect the true America.”
The president-elect said he had originally planned to address the nation to discuss the state of the economy but said his speech was altered given the day’s events.
In a tweet, Biden called the pro-Trump demonstrators “extremists dedicated to lawlessness.”
He then said it was President Trump’s duty to “fulfil his oath and defend the constitution.”
“The words of a president matter, no matter how good or bad that president is,” Biden said. “At the best, the words of a president can inspire. At the worst, it can incite.”
Biden himself then called on the mob to restore “simple decency” and leave the Capitol.
“I call on this mob to pull back and allow democracy to go forward,” he said.
Following both public addresses, hundreds of rioters remained in the Capitol, where at least one explosive device was found. Authorities say the device was no longer a threat shortly before 5 p.m.